Leeds International Summer School
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Ashlee Wilson

Liberal Arts Major: History
Hometown: Milford, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I traveled to the University of Leeds in northern England to study two exciting modules for one month, The English Country House and Reparations for Historical Injustices. I had the opportunity to meet international students from 25 different countries around the world and I experienced adventures in seven different cities and towns in the United Kingdom, including London, Liverpool, and Edinburgh. Even though the program was only a month, I made lifelong friends from around the globe and learned so much about different cultures and myself.

How did this experience impact you academically?

The two modules I took were very eye-opening in different ways. My first course The English Country House- A Social History allowed me to learn about the architecture of country estates and their role in the history of the United Kingdom. My second course Reparations for Historical Injustices focused on global histories of historical injustices, who is owed reparations, who owes those reparations, and what form those reparations should take. In both modules, I had the opportunity to learn about different perspectives from students around the world. Through this experience, I had the privilege of learning about the history of the United Kingdom while I was physically there. Additionally, embedded field trips in the classes allowed me to travel to historic sites, such as Temple Newsam, Castle Howard, and the Royal Albert Docks.

"One of my career goals is to work internationally, and this experience allowed me to interact with people from different cultures, especially because the program consisted of students from 25 different countries."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

One of my career goals is to work internationally, and this experience allowed me to interact with people from different cultures, especially because the program consisted of international students from 25 different countries. I also got the opportunity to complete a project for my class that included historical research, which is a skill that will help me immensely in the future.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me take part in this experience by providing me with enrichment funding, which enabled me to fully take advantage of my time abroad.

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